Australia Takes on England in First Ashes Test

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Cricket’s Most Glorified Rivalry is Back

Ashes 2015 Match 1

Ashes 2015- Australia vs England Match Preview

Test cricket’s greatest and the oldest rivalry is back after the 2013 back to back Ashes series. In a bid to avoid the Cricket World Cup the Ashes was played in England and repeated in the three months’ time at Australia.

Having won the Ashes at home by a margin of 3-0 England team faced their worst drubbing in the three months’ time by a margin of 5-0. The beauty of Test cricket was unveiled in these months as the team which was on top faced pounding at the hands of same team.

The consequences were even more drastic for some players personally as Trott headed back to England mid series citing a long standing stress related condition. Another player, England’s offie, Graeme Swann retired after the loss in the third test.

England, who were chasing fourth Ashes win in row, were not adaptive in their play and bowling in particular lacked the sharpness.

However, now that the series is in England the home side will be keen to use the home conditions to good effect. Recent series against New Zealand ended in a draw with both the sides winning a Test. In the bowling it was the debutant Mark Wood who was impressive with his Steve Harmison kind of bowling. He troubled the batsmen with his bounce and produced wickets at times when the pitch offered nothing.

Let us take a look at the 13-man squad announced for England.

England squad for the first Test: Alastair Cook (capt), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn

Interestingly, Adil Rashid has been included in the squad but there is a modicum chance of him being the playing XI for the first as Moeen Ali is expected to be given a chance despite his poor show in the series against New Zealand.

Australia on the other hand will be a confident lot after a series win against India and West Indies in the recent times and that too emphatically. Steve Smith has been the tormentor in chief for Australia and around him the whole batting has revolved.

The fast bowling line us is one of the fiercest they have going around in the world with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. However, Darren Lehman and Michael Clarke has a bit of quandary ahead of the first test over the selection of all rounder as Mitchell Marsh is continuously knocking on the door with his impressive performances. He made 169 off 188 balls in the warm up match against Essex.

Ashes 2015- Australia vs England Teams

Let us take a look at the 17 man squad for Australia’s tour of England.

Australia Squad: Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh,Shaun Marsh, Chris Rogers, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed, Peter Nevill, Adam Voges, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

The Ashes record

Till now 68 series have been played between these two countries and the result is neck and neck as Australia has won 32 of them while England is just one behind as they have won 31 series while five have ended in a draw.

If we look at the series in England, of the 34 series played here England has the upper hand with 17 series wins while Australia managed to win 14.

Playing XI

England is expected to go in with Moeen Ali for the first test as it gives them a genuine batting option along with offspin.

England (probable XI): Alastair Cook (capt), Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Steven Finn

With Ryan Harris out of the first Test due to an injury it opens up a spot for Peter Siddle. Adam Viges and Mitchell Marsh are expected to feature in the playing XI.

Australia (probable XI): David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.

Ashes 2015- Australia vs England Test Match 1 Pitch

The first Investec Test is to be played at Cardiff and till date two matches have been played here which gives us little info on the pitch. The first match played between these two teams ended in a draw as both the teams piled on runs.

However, in the second match against Sri Lanka, England won by an innings and 14 runs owing to some brilliant bowling by England bowlers as Lankans were bowled out for 82 runs.

The conditions here are generally good for the batsmen but with quality bowlers on both sides we can expect a result here.

Ashes 2015- Australia vs England Winner Prediction

As expected Australia is favorite to win the first Ashes test match with all their bases covered. They are 1.90 to win this match and we are backing them to go 1-0 by the end of the first clash of this glorified Ashes Test Series 2015.

 

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